Yellowstone National Park Canyon Rim Trails and Overlooks
This project will enhance the visitor experience and create future stewards of Yellowstone National Park. Otak’s work provides much-needed restoration and improvements of the deteriorating north and south rim trails and overlooks, which wrap the Canyon Rim from Inspiration Point to Artist Point. Phase 1 includes design of a new trail system and overlooks and the rehabilitation of historic elements at Inspiration Point and creation of new trails and overlooks and parking improvements at the Brink of the Upper Falls and Uncle Tom’s Point. The design materials and features reflect the Rustic Design style synonymous with Yellowstone National Park. Design solutions include re-routing trails away from dangerous areas and installing stone and boulder barriers; connecting historic overlooks with new walkways; creating safe, accessible viewing areas with new wayfinding and informational signage; constructing new visitor pavilions and kiosks with peeled logs and stone masonry columns; and using natural materials to integrate the infrastructure into the spires and Canyon cliffs. Phase 1 of this project just completed construction and Phase 2 in design.
Client: National Parks Service
Project Manager: Keith Bates
Type: Landscape Architecture, Pedestrian Trails, Accessibility